Update: I’m here w/ about 10 TV cameras, 50 or so reporter types, and another 50 faculty and students. I’ll try and live blog a little, but I’m not I’ve got the stomach for it.
PR flack Toby Klinger introduces the rules. Brief remarks from Gott, followed by Q&A. ONLY 20 MINUTES TOTAL! Crowd giggles.
Gottfredson blames 2 months of privacy on police cooperation, FERPA. He’s still playing with dates – EPD claims they told UO investigation was over 4/8. Gott claims 4/24. Still won’t say when he would have warned campus, if the sports reporters hadn’t broke the story.
“We will appoint an independent panel …” Yup.
11:12, time for questions:
Woolington: Why the gap? Holmes: We started our investigation on the 8th, we couldn’t get it until the 24th?
Q: When were the players suspended? April 30.
Q: Where you and Altman aware at the tournament? A: Didn’t even know which players.
Wollington: Who is paying for the players lawyers? RH: No idea, don’t even know their lawyers.
Q: Why were they kicked off the team? RM: Conduct that we didn’t want out in public.
Q: Why are you hiding behind FERPA? MG: To protect ourselves. Whoops, I mean the students.
Q: Why did you wait so long with no notification? RH: These sorts of things happen all the time, we don’t notify.
Q: What’s the status of the federally required investigation.
Wollington: Why hasn’t the IAC met since since Feb? Gottfredson: I don’t know, ask the Chair. [Bullshit].
Q: Are you going to expel these students? RH: Can’t say.
Q: Is Dana Altman going to be coach next year? RM: Yes.
Q: Gottfredson, did you know the names? A: Yes.
Gottfredson: The safety and security of our students is our top priority [after sports cash, that is].
5/9/2014: 11AM at the Ford Alumni Center KEZI will cover it live.
Rumor is that Altman will be the designated scapegoat. Mistakes were made. Gottfredson will appoint a hand picked team of “experts” to investigate UO’s response and report back during the summer when the students aren’t here.
Or Gottfredson will surprise us, accept responsibility, and resign.
Another rumor is that Mark Yuran quit UO because he wouldn’t go along with the JH cover-up.
Another rumor is that Gottfredson shut down the Senate Intercollegiate Athletics Committee the day after he realized the rape allegations were going to go public after all.